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Address to the "Grand Old Man", by a disgusted Tory Bard

1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: Evening News and Star

Published: 27 August 1884

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Microfilm
Pages(s): 4

In this poem, the Scots speaker addresses the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, on his appearance in Midlothian.  The speaker announces his support for gradualism, 'weel-planned steps', critiquing Gladstone's supposedly more radical notion of progress.  The speaker then goes on to state that Gladstone will give the country to the devil and that he is partly to blame for making Ireland 'an Isle of stalking murder'.  The poem is in step with the anti-Reform position, which believed that Gladstone's 1884 Act was too radical.